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Clinton Raises Cash for Clinton

Former President Bill Clinton will host an Washington, D.C. event for wife Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton on March 20 at the Marriott Wardman Park hotel. The gathering is being billed as the kickoff of her campaign and fundraising effort inside the Beltway.

An invite for the event obtained by The Fix reveals the various levels of giving that the Clinton campaign has created for donors interested in her campaign.

Individuals can be a "founder" for $4,600, a "friend" for $2,300 or simply a "supporter" for $1,000. Want to join the "Event Committee"? A "chair" has to raise $100,000 for the gathering; $50,000 raised will get you a "co-chair" title and $25,000 makes you a "vice chair." All three distinctions get you an invite to a "thank you event", a VIP reception and a listing in the program.

Remember that with the price tag of the 2008 elections estimated at $1 billion (or more), convincing an individual to write a $2,300 (or $4,600) check is far less important than finding someone with a deep enough Rolodex to deliver 100 checks from their nearest and dearest friends.

The campaigns of President George W. Bush re-invented how political money was raised by turning bundling into an art form. The creation of the "Pioneers" and "Rangers" programs and the rewards offered these big givers is a blueprint being copied by Clinton as well as her rivals for both the Democratic and Republican nominations.

We've already heard talk in political circles about the vast sums of money Clinton is raising in hopes of making a show of strength when financial reports come out later this spring. Even with the groundswell of support for Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), money remains Clinton's largest advantage in the race and one she is working to exploit.

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 22, 2007; 2:20 PM ET
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My Opinion 3/1907

I feel the country is ready for a woman president preferrably Hillary, my eight sisters and I think she is one terrific lady and will accomplish many things for this country she is one great lady and will be a great ruler Hillary has my vote and the vote of all my sister's and our families. WE LOVE HILLARY

Posted by: Veronica A. Sanchez | March 19, 2007 3:32 PM | Report abuse

What is this person thinking? May a friend / neighbor / relative or ?? please help this person to read & WRITE..
i want hillary to be a president 2008- i predicted before that if bush win a republican candidate this country is des array. bad everyinton else. so this time we have hope for hillary the clintons- theyre the good one well known as a good one who run this country-
ur phsychic lady rearose

Posted by: rearose | February 26, 2007 06:42 PM

Posted by: Lynndon Stodgel | March 7, 2007 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Both the Democrats AND the Republicans have to embrace all the good ideas of the other party and invest time, money, resources for middle class and poor Americans. If they want my vote, both parties MUST address the issues that matter to me most, pulling most of the troops out of Iraq so we can find Osama Bin Laden, an health care plan for those who need financial help or have no insurance at all, high technology support, open source technology support, lower college tuition and/or more online courses for those without transportation, and more jobs for the environmental jobs that become available... NOW is the time to do something MORE for America and RESTORE World Respect for America...

Mark McLaughlin -
Hudson, MA

Posted by: Mark McLaughlin | March 5, 2007 10:52 PM | Report abuse

i want hillary to be a president 2008- i predicted before that if bush win a republican candidate this country is des array. bad everyinton else. so this time we have hope for hillary the clintons- theyre the good one well known as a good one who run this country-
ur phsychic lady rearose

Posted by: rearose | February 26, 2007 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Democrats Offer Up Chairmen for Donors. This 2/24 Post article should make everybody take a new look at the Democratic Party. Pelosi makes no apologies for allowing big donors direct access to Democrat Party committee chairman. This scandal and other recent headlines are killing their culture of corruption cries because it turns out its the Dems that are corrupt.

New Jersey Democratic legislative officials were hit with a volley of federal subpoenas last week, in a rapidly expanding corruption investigation into the Statehouse by U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie. Christie is seeking information on how millions in public funds were handed out over the last three years of the Democratic party controlled legislature. It was the latest development in a federal probe that began last April with an investigation into state Sen. Wayne Bryant D-Camden, who was accused by a federal monitor of using his position to steer funding to the states medical university after he received a no-work job there. Among those who received subpoenas were Senate President Richard Codey D-Essex Senate Majority Leader Bernard Kenny D-Hudson Assembly Speaker Joseph Roberts D-Camden and Assembly Majority Leader Bonnie Watson Coleman D-Mercer, legislative officials confirmed.

Jim Black, North Carolina Democratic Speaker of the House, last week pleaded guilty to taking about $29,000, mostly in cash, from some chiropractors, is looking at a 10-year maximum and a possible $250,000 fine. He also committed crimes related to the state lottery and allowing a lobbyist to use his office and resources. But to lighten his sentence, Black will name other corrupt Democrats. Black is cooperating with the feds in their investigation as part of his deal. Black was the most powerful politician in North Carolina and directed Democratic party politics for decades. This is just the tip of the iceberg in North Carolina.

John Celona, Democratic state representative from Rhode Island, who was already headed to federal prison for four years for corruption faces an additional one and a half years behind bars after pleading no contest Tuesday (2/20) to similar state charges.

Looks like the culture of corruption charge can be used next election again, but this time by the Republicans. Jefferson's case should be in court around that time to reinforce the message. An ironic twist isn't it?

Posted by: tarheel | February 26, 2007 4:56 PM | Report abuse

US President Tim Kalemkarian, US Senate Tim Kalemkarian, US House Tim Kalemkarian: best major candidate.

Posted by: anonymous | February 24, 2007 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Testing, testing...

Posted by: Anonymous | February 23, 2007 2:04 PM | Report abuse

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